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B-24 Liberator

486th Bomb Group converted to B-17s in 1944; aircraft transferred to Italy 10 Jan 1945 and assigned to 15th AF, 449th BG, 716th BS and renamed "Sagittarias"



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron
  • 834th Bomb Squadron


  • Phillip Brinkman

    Military | Corporal | Draftsman | 486th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF as 'Draftsman' as the aircorp had no definition for an artist !! Notable nose art artist. Bio: -

  • William Cusack

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William Joseph Cusack June 27, 1918 - Sept. 25, 2011 Resident of Concord, California William Joseph Cusack passed away at age 93 after a long and rewarding life. "Bill," to those who new him, was born in New York. He enlisted and served in the Army Air...

  • Woodrow Magers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Woodrow Magers served as a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the 834th Bomb Squadron of the 486th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Sudbury, England. He was a member of L Reed's crew. He flew 52 missions during WWII – some in B-24...


Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 02:46:54 Bill Morris Changes to description
Sources via Fort Worth Aviation Museum
Combat Squadrons of the Air Force World War II edited by Maurer Maurer via Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 21:33:06 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and person associations

Roger Freeman / /

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 11:33:16 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and media associations

Roger Freeman / /